Conquistador2018 / plywood, acrylic paint, synthetic leather, staples / 125 x 102 cm / no. 0183 Licence    Wróć
Black shapes of upholstered pleather appear to be floating in the space of the relief – even though they’re hammered to the background with quite a lot of staples. The title directs us to the potential origin of these abstract forms: maybe they’re pointed hats of the invaders, or the snouts of the cattle accompanying them. This kind of balancing on the border of representation and abstraction is typical for Poniatowski’s works. So are recurring references to pop culture – the artist cites Darren Aronofsky’s movie “The Fountain” as a direct inspiration for his “Conquiscador”.
The works is a part of an open cycle of objects, presented for the first time in 2018 in his solo exhibition “Sick-box” in Stereo gallery. In catholic tradition, sick-box is a small wooden box filled with figurines of saints, holy oils and candles – a kind of a private talisman designed to protect a sick or dying person. The artist took the term from George Sounder’s book “Lincoln in Bardo”.